Polk’s Nature Discovery Center at Circle B Bar Reserve offers a variety of nature based activities for all ages.

You don't want to miss out on any of the fun family-friendly activities that Circle B Bar Reserve has planned this month. Sign up for a tram tour, a workshop or just get outdoors and enjoy Polk’s water, wildlife, and wilderness. 

Trails at Circle B are open daily from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

If you're unfamiliar with this area, visit Circle B Bar Reserve in our Top 10 section.

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Tour sign ups begin on the first working day of each month, to sign up please stop by the reception desk or call 863-668-4673 ext. 205.

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, February 1 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, some water and plan to spend a couple of hours or as long as you can last – removing the Caesar weed. The work that has been done already is changing the landscape at the Reserve and staff needs a couple more hands to keep pushing forward.  

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Thursday, February 2 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest at Circle B.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Lake Region Audubon Hike

  • Saturday, February 4 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.    

Lake Region Audubon Society will host periodic bird hikes at Circle B Bar Reserve led by the Bird Club. For more information, e-mail birdclub@lakeregionaudubon.org  or call Bob Snow at 863-712-3878.

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Saturday, February 4 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday, February 5 from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property.

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Tuesday, February 7 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. 

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest at Circle B.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Guided Bird Hike

  • Wednesday, February 8 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

*Requires sign up.  Please join our volunteer guide on a hike through the Marsh. Learn about the birds of Circle B Bar Reserve. This will be a great time of year to bird watch, so do not miss out on this hike. Bring binoculars and a camera, because you never know what birds will be stopping in at the Marsh. 

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, February 8 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, some water and plan to spend a couple of hours or as long as you can last – removing the Caesar weed. The work that has been done already is changing the landscape at the Reserve and staff needs a couple more hands to keep pushing forward.  

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Thursday, February 9 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest at Circle B.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Polk County Greenway and Trails Presentation

  • Thursday, February 9 from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. 

Presented by Ryan Kordek, Polk Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) and brought to Circle B by Sierra Club.

The TPO’s trail planning efforts were instrumental in the development of the Fort Fraser Trail, Chain of Lakes Trail and many others. Ryan Kordek’s presentation will cover how far trails have come in the last 30 years, projects currently under construction, and future plans.

Program starts at 7:00 p.m. and the covered dish dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. (if you wish to participate, please bring a dish to share, and bring your own drink and utensils).  Bring a flashlight for the parking lot.

Sierra Club Planting – Open to the Public

  • Saturday,  February 11 from 8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.

Contribute to our jewel of nature education, the Nature Discovery Center, at Circle B Bar Reserve.  During this outing we are beautifying the grounds by planting native trees such as green ash.  You'll learn about native plants and enjoy the company of like-minded people. To participate please RSVP by contacting Andy Quinn, 863-683-9600 or email abquinn2010@gmail.com.                  

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Saturday, February 11 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 
  • Sunday, February 12 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, February 15 from 8:15 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, some water and plan to spend a couple of hours or as long as you can last – removing the Caesar weed. The work that has been done already is changing the landscape at the Reserve and staff needs a couple more hands to keep pushing forward.  

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

Circle B Bar Reserve
Circle B Bar Reserve
  • Thursday, February 16 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest at Circle B.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Lake Region Audubon Hike

  • Saturday, February 18 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

Lake Region Audubon Society hosts periodic bird hikes at Circle B Bar Reserve led by the Bird Club. For more information, e-mail birdclub@lakeregionaudubon.org  or call Bob Snow at 863-712-3878.

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Saturday, February 18 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 19 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Eagle Nest Tour (Electric Tram Tour)

  • Thursday, February 21 from 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. 

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of an active bald eagle nest at Circle B.  Observe the bald eagle pair maintain the (queen-sized bed) nest, seek and hunt for food, and protect the nests from other flying birds. Limit 9 people.  

Guided Bird Hike

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Please join our volunteer guide on a hike through the Marsh. Learn about the birds of Circle B Bar Reserve. This will be a great time of year to bird watch, so do not miss out on this hike. Bring binoculars and a camera, because you never know what birds will be stopping in at the Marsh.

Invasive Plant Removal

  • Wednesday, February 22 from 8:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.

Come and make a difference by removing the invasive species Caesar weed. Bring your favorite pair of gloves, some water and plan to spend a couple of hours or as long as you can last – removing the Caesar weed. The work that has been done already is changing the landscape at the Reserve and staff needs a couple more hands to keep pushing forward. 

Nature Tour (Tram Tour)

  • Thursday, February 23 from 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
  • Saturday, February 25 from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
  • Sunday, February 26 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 28 from 9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

*Requires sign up.  Take a personalized tour of the Banana Creek Marsh with a volunteer guide who will point out plants, birds and history of the property. 

Circle B Bar Reserve and Polk's Nature Discovery Center is located at 4399 Winter Lake Road in Lakeland.

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